Red lips are synonymous with sex appeal. But even if you're more mild than minx, there's no reason to shy away. Here are a few tips on how to wear red lipstick:
What shade should I wear?
When it comes to red lipstick, there are four major colour families: deep red/burgandy, orange-based red, magenta-based red and true red (which is in between orange-based and magenta-based reds). Some experts advise sticking to pink or cool reds if you have pink undertones in your complexion, while warmer skin types can go with orange or burgundy colours. Still, picking the right shade is mostly a matter of preference, not science.
Remember that confidence comes from comfort, so don't try wearing a vivid red if you're not one to wear intense lip colours. Experiment with different tints and tones to find one that makes you feel fabulous and don't automaically shy away from shades you've been told to avoid.
Can I wear red during the day?
While we tend to think of red lipstick as a glamorous going-out look, red is not just for night. With the right shade and texture, red can be a daily staple that adds confidence to your look. The easiest way to make red a daytime shade is to look for sheer textures that provide a less intense impact. But if you do want to wear a vivid, saturated red during the day, remember keep your hair and outfit simple. A great red can take you from day to night with just a few alterations to your look.
How do I maintain my red lips?
Bleeding and feathering are two risks of red lipsticks, particularly with the thicker, matte-textured products. To keep your red on your lips where it belongs, lightly apply red liner and powder before you apply your lipstick. Paint a little concealer around the lip line if your colour is prone to smudging. These steps will help keep your lips locked in place.
How do I complete my look?
Keep the rest of your look minimal when sporting a red lip. Skip the eye liner or wear black eyeliner applied close to the lash line and go for a single neutral colour when picking your eyeshadow. Apply just a hint of blush to the apples of your cheeks. Stay away from heavy makeup to ensure a sophisticated rather than overdone look.
Tell us what you think! Do you wear red lipstick? Which brands are your favourites? What do you think is the key to pulling it off? Let us know in the comments.